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Open Educational Resources: Open Access

Resources to learn more about OA

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Open Library

Open Access Explained!

Open Access Databases

What is Open Access?

Open Access is a collection of copyright policies that allows authors to share their work publicly.  In the context of higher education, it is a way to increase non-monetized access to scholarly research - including faculty and student work.  The foundation of OA scholarship should follow the FAIR guidelines:

  • Findable
  • Accessible
  • Interoperable
  • Re-usable

For more information on what is included in these guidelines, a great place to start is FORCE11

Open Access Directory

The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a wiki containing lists related to all aspects of OA - from acronyms to publishers, to videos.  Have questions about OA? The OAD is a great place to look for answers. 

How Open Is It?

Developed by SPARC in collaboration with PLOS and OASPA, this shows core components of OA. The guide can be downloaded here.